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Kalnciems Street Quarter
Kalnciems Street Quarter, with its beautifully-restored wooden buildings, is not only an area pleasing to the eye, but a lively arts and entertainment enclave.
Kalnciems Quarter – a colorful brooch on Riga’s dress
The complex of renovated wooden buildings in Riga’s Kalnciems Quarter, on the corner of Kalnciems and Melnsils streets, is a 19th century wooden architectural landmark, which was built in the style of late western European Classicism.
The revival of Kalnciems Quarter began in 2001 and now everyone can visit the six restored wooden houses which surround a small apple orchard. In the renovation process of the buildings, traditional materials and technologies were used, while at the same time the houses have been adapted for the rhythm and comfort of modern life.
The Kalnciems Quarter buildings have been enhanced and their facilities updated, making them modern and available to the public.
The Kalnciems Street Quarter has also been included in the Latvian Cultural Canon.
Visit Kalnciems Quarter!
- Visit the Farmers’ Market every Saturday, where you can taste-test and/or buy a large selection of locally-produced goodies. The market also has a wide range of interesting local arts and crafts
- Attend various performances, lectures, outdoor activities and concerts, featuring a wide range of musicians from Latvia and abroad
- Children are invited to attend free workshops on Saturday – using your imagination, cutting, gluing, drawing. Also - take time to ride the carousel
- Celebrate the holidays at Kalnciems Quarter – paint or dye eggs during Easter, or sing a sprightly folk song during the summer solstice celebration Liigo!
- Have a hearty meal at restaurant Maja, or sample the wine shop’s extensive selection of Italy’s smaller wineries
- Learn facts about the history of the Riga suburb of Pardaugava, as well as how it looks today, in special tours organized by Kalnciems Quarter
- Visit the quarter’s art gallery to view contemporary paintings, graphics, photographs and sculptures by Latvian and foreign artists
- Try some traditional Latvian food products with unusual twists
The essence of the quarter is to retain the historical aura of the area, while at the same time adding something unique and fun.